Serving as a Student Senator is an excellent learning and leadership opportunity, and a chance to have a real voice in the NEC Community. Senators represent the student body by serving on one of four committees: Undergraduate Curricululm Committee, Graduate Curriculum Committee, Student Affairs Committee and Disciplinary Commitee.
The Undergraduate Curriculum Committe
The UCC meets the third Wednesday of each month to discuss new course proposals and potential changes to the undergraduate curriculum. This year's senator is:
Katherine Miller: Katherine is currently a sophomore studying piano performance with Bruce Brubaker. From Cleveland, OH, Katherine is interested in serving as a student senator so she can help make the NEC experience even better for her fellow students.
The Graduate Curriculum Committee
The GCC meets the third Wednesday of each month to discuss new course proposals and potential changes to the undergraduate curriculum. This year's senator is:
Mark Tse: Mark is in his final year of his Masters in Wind Ensemble Conducting. Before this, he taught high school music in Toronto for eleven years, retiring to pursue a doctorate in music education. His decade of experience in designing and implementing curriculum combined with a philosophical and historical understanding about music pedagogy learned over five years of graduate studies, gives him a wealth of knowledge to draw upon. Mark joined the senate to give back to NEC and serve his fellow students.
The Student Affairs Committee
The SAC is comprised of NEC administrators, members of the Board of Trustees and Overseers and select student senators meets twice during each semester to address student concerns and showcase new initiatitves. This year's senators are:
Kyle Bejnerowicz: Kyle is a sophomore at NEC. He loves to be involved in the school community and the surrounding Boston community. Born in a small town in Connecticut, He believes that the NEC community can have the “small town feel” like his home in CT. He also believes that an environment which one finds comfortable, is the most effective place to work and live. His interest in being a senator sparked when he felt that with the students help, he could work with the administration to have a special year at NEC. Kyle is a classical voice major, and lives in the NEC dorms. He loves to talk about anything, brainstorm ideas, or listen to anything at all, so find him and talk to him!
Tong Wang: Tong is an aspiring Canadian pianist from Edmonton, Alberta, currently in her sophomore year studying with Bruce Brubaker. Off stage, she…practices. But! She also loves to write and draw for the Penguin newspaper, hang-out with friends – watch movies, eat out, jam, laugh, shop, and play volleyball and badminton at Cambridge every weekend. Tong is excited to be part of the Committee of Student Activities, and is seeking for all the interesting student voices and ideas waiting to be heard!
Elizabeth (Liz) Wendt is originally from Dallas, Texas but now resides on the North Shore of Massachusetts. She is currently a third year undergraduate voice major and she can't imagine studying anywhere else but at NEC. She was originally asked to be a guest member for the Committee of Student Affairs during her freshman year, and after that experience, she knew she had to come back for more! Elizabeth loves getting to be one of the voices for the student body of NEC and she takes her position very seriously. If there is ever a time when students need something brought to the attention of the committee, she would love to help. You can contact her via her student email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Disciplinary Committee
The Disciplinary Committee meets on an as-needed basis to determine if a violation of NEC disciplinary code has occurred, and if so, how to resolve the matter. This year's senator is:
Kate Salfelder: Kate is a third-year DMA student in Composition. When not enforcing the Student Handbook, Kate can be found creating Gabrieli editions for the NEC Wind Ensemble, practicing tai chi, dabbling on the organ, obsessing over counterpoint, and spending copious amounts of time in coffee shops. She also serves on NEC's Alumni Council and is co-artistic director of NEC's Society for Ancient Music